Key staff bios

Kira E. Kaufmann

Kira E. Kaufmann, Ph.D., is an underwater archaeologist and principal investigator at CCRG (Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group). Dr. Kaufmann holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her Masters degree, from Florida State University, focused on underwater archaeology and her thesis research involved survey and documentation of an archaeological site in a cavern/cave system in north Florida.

Dr. Kaufmann is author/co-author of more than 50 technical reports, 10 papers presented at professional meetings, and several published research articles. Her experience exceeds the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation (48 FR 44716) and her education and experience qualify her as a qualified professional archaeologist under the requirements at 312 IAC 21-3-4 for maritime and nautical archaeology.

She has five years of supervisory experience in underwater archaeological techniques and research, and has conducted underwater archaeological survey, excavation, and documentation projects in the Midwest and Southeast United States, as well as in Ghana, Africa. Dr. Kaufmann has served in a supervisory capacity for a number of maritime-related projects, for which she conducted survey, recovery, remote sensing, monitoring, and report writing. SCUBA diving since the 1980s, primarily in the Great Lakes region, Dr. Kaufmann is a certified and active SCUBA instructor with the nationally recognized certification agency PADI. She has been teaching SCUBA diving for 17 years and holds over 20 SCUBA diving specialty certifications.

Andrew J. Weir

Andrew J. Weir is CCRG’s president, and he specializes in the archaeology/maritime archaeology of the Great Lakes. Mr. Weir holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Western Michigan University and an M.A. in Maritime Studies from East Carolina University. Mr. Weir is author/co-author of more than 75 technical reports, has presented papers at numerous professional meetings, and has published several research articles. Mr. Weir is a qualified professional archaeologist under the requirements at 312 IAC 21, and his experience exceeds the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation (48 FR 44716).

Mr. Weir’s relevant work experience includes serving as project archaeologist for the Phase II excavation and mapping of The Montana in St. Louis, Missouri; project archaeologist for the Submerged Cultural Resources Remote Sensing Survey Project in the U.S. Virgin Islands; and co-author of the official state site report for the Millecoquin Vessel Site in Michigan. Mr. Weir is a certified SCUBA diver with the nationally recognized certification agency PADI, and he holds multiple specialty certifications.

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